"You know, I don't really know how else to explain how this makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but I'll just sort of lay it out that I was a single woman, you know, in a foreign country, at 4 AM, in a hotel elevator, with you, just you, and - don't invite me back to your hotel room right after I finish talking about how it creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable when men sexualize me in that manner..." Rebecca Watson
, founder of Skepchick
, spoke in Dublin at the World Atheist Convention a month ago (video)
. Afterwards, in a video post (relevant part starts at about 2:30)
, she discussed an incident that occurred there. She received some dismissive responses. PZ Myers
. Richard Dawkins
. Dawkins is called out
. PZ Myers weighs in again
. Dawkins still doesn't get it
. [more inside]
posted by flex
on Jul 4, 2011 -
Big dust up
about kin selection. Biologists E.O. Wilson, Martin Nowak, and Corina Tarnita publish a paper attacking kin selection, the idea that the reproductive success of a gene is influenced not only by its effects on its carrier, but also by its effects on related individuals (kin) carrying the same gene. 130 some odd other biologists respond
Richard Dawkins weighs in
. Some talking bears offer a summary
posted by AceRock
on Apr 17, 2011 -
The night's event
featured speakers Daniel C. Dennett, Matt Ridley, Sir John Krebs, Ian McEwan, and -- the man himself -- Richard Dawkins. It was, as you might suspect (based on the title), an event celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Dawkins' seminal work
If you didn't get a chance to attend, you can still read the full transcript or stream/download the audio of it in MP3 format (many thanks to Helena Cronin, founder/director of Darwin@LSE
, for hosting the file).
Thanks to 3QD
for the link.
posted by Moody834
on Mar 26, 2006 -
argue that the complexity of the human eye
could not have arrisen by random Darwinian natural selection, since it "must be perfect to work at all". The Nilsson and Pelger
computer experiment refutes this with a method of awesome beauty, showing that a human-quality eye is not just possible under Darwinian evolution, but nigh-inevitable. This is from Do Good By Stealth
, chapter 3 of River Out of Eden
, which is maybe the greatest thing I've ever read.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Dec 10, 2004 -
The Dawkins FAQ.
Interesting Q&A session about evolution, biology, genes, etc with an expert
. Dawkins claims no final answer on the "gay gene" or a Darwinian explanation of homosexuality.
posted by skallas
on Nov 27, 2004 -
Richard Dawkins discusses religion with a Darwinian outlook.
RD: Could religion be a recent phenomenon, sprung up since our genes underwent most of their natural selection? Its ubiquity argues against any simple version of this idea. Nevertheless, there is a version of it that I want to advocate. The propensity that was naturally selected in our ancestors was not religion per se. It had some other benefit, and it only incidentally manifests itself today as religious behavior.
posted by skallas
on Sep 3, 2004 -
A hero for the 21st century.
Brilliant or just possessed of plain ol' common sense? In today's world, perhaps having the latter qualifies someone for the former adjective. One has to admire a relatively high profile person who doesn't shy away from telling the truth despite the pressures to hedge and equivocate.
posted by rushmc
on Jun 25, 2001 -
Memes are past their prime.
Richard Dawkins first coined the term meme
towards the end of his 1976 book The Selfish Gene
initially as an instructive analogy and a way of illustrating the concept of replicators
. Memes were just like genes but they replicated themselves through minds and culture rather than cells and bodies. Of course, the meme, like any good self-replicating idea, caught on and spread like wildfire and has been used to illuminate studies into subjects as diverse as the memetics of music
and the memetics of suicide
. There is an alternate view however that sees the grand project of memetics as completely misguided
posted by lagado
on Jun 12, 2001 -